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What You Can Do After Being Exposed to Asbestos

Whether you show any symptoms of asbestos exposure or not, if you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, it’s important to get regular follow-ups with qualified medical professionals in the interest of early detection and intervention. Lung cancer and mesothelioma are commonly associated with asbestos exposure. However, there are a wide range of conditions that are associated with exposure to asbestos, including:

  • Parenchymal asbestosis
  • Asbestos-related pleural abnormalities
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural mesothelioma
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Other (outside the chest) cancers, including laryngeal, pharyngeal, esophageal, stomach and colorectal cancers

Although asbestos-related diseases are not usually treatable or curable, there are some measures doctors can take to protect individuals who have been exposed to asbestos:

  • Taking exposure and medical histories
  • Performing regular physical examinations
  • Performing regular chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests to look for early signs of asbestos-related diseases

Everyone who smokes should stop. It is even more important for victims with asbestos-related lung diseases to quit smoking, as smoking exacerbates the effects of asbestos exposure.

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